Friday, July 23, 2010

The Heart That is Tested by Fire. Proverbs 17:3

God Loves You
There is one thing that is shared universally by people of faith- they will be tested. Some of the hardest suffering to endure is not physical but the anguish of the heart.

“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord test the heart.” Proverbs 17:3.

The crucible and furnace were designed on purpose to do a task, and God has designed a purpose in every test of our heart.

The crucible and the furnace try the metal and make it pure. Only the extreme heat of a blasting fire can make silver or gold pure. Silver yields its impurities rapidly but gold enters the furnace over and over to become pure. Some tests are like silver, they come and finish their purpose quickly; others are like gold and must be endured time and again.

Sometimes our tests are to expose our weakness, sometimes to purify us. Just as a crucible test and refines the metal, in the same way, our lives endure the fire of testing to reveal our shortcomings and to improve our quality. Like gold which become more pure and valuable; so the testing of our hearts will make us more precious, useful and beautiful; and through them, we grow and mature as we never would otherwise.

What a comfort that it is the Lord who tests our hearts! The Lord who is so loving, all wise, and all powerful, has our good and best at the center of His plans for us. In our test, we can remember that He is in control. We may not understand why we go through such depth of testing but we do understand He is bigger. We can and must trust in Him during the test.

Here are a few suggestions:
  • Cling to our loving God in prayer.
  • Search His word as never before.
  • Recount His many blessings.
  • Remind yourself of His love
  • Pray over the promises in the Bible.
  • Declare to Him and others your trust in Him.
  • Be honest before God and others.
  • Accept the support of others.
  • Thank God.
  • Resolve by God's help to endure.
  • Resolve to bless His name.
The laws of physics guarantee that silver and gold will purify when super heated in a crucible. If the crucible should tip over and the metal spill out the results will be disappointment and loss. It is the metal that stays in the furnace that becomes useful and made into a thing of beauty.

Let's be grateful that our trials are guided by a loving God and that in His hands we will become the treasure that we would not be otherwise.

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